Plot: As part of an effort to contain an oil leak, a drilling rig crew dispatches a vessel to investigate, but it discovers more than a simple leak. The depths house some kind of monstrous creature and now, the entire rig has been demolished, gone as if it never even existed. This kind of strange event attracts the attention of the U.S. military, who is concerned enough to greenlight a cutting edge program, one that has been tested, but never in the field. A trio of massive, skyscraper sized robots have been developed, which human pilots enter and control, giving them nearly limitless combat abilities and of course, powerful weapons. The three pilots venture deep into the ocean to find some answers, only to run into realize that there is indeed a monster on the loose, one even larger than these robots. As it becomes clear that these monsters will soon wreak havoc on mankind, it is up to the robot pilots to save the world. But with massive beasts and government sabotage involved, can even the pilots pull this one off?
Entertainment Value: The Asylum built a b movie empire by lining video stores with knock-offs of big budget movies, a tradition that continues with Atlantic Rim. This one is also known as Attack from Beneath, but since it is an obvious low rent take on Pacific Rim, Atlantic Rim is the much cooler title. The flick has all you could want from an Aslym feature and more, with outlandish visual effects, over the top performances, and all kinds of humorous, odd moments. Jared Cohn serves as director and once again proves he is the king of modern b movies, creating a sci/fi action knock-off that is way more fun than it should be. The pace is brisk and holds your attention, even outside of the action scenes. The narrative is basic, but it weaves in several oddball threads, such an evil guy with an eyepatch and an awkward love triangle. The cast embraces the b movie vibe, so the performances are over the top and immense fun to watch. Graham Greene is just awesome here, going with the ridiculous tone of the movie in grand fashion, while director Jared Cohn offers a medal of honor worthy cameo. I also love the insane Margaret character, a constant source of entertainment. This kind of movie is an acquired taste, but if you appreciate The Asylum’s brand of cinema or b movies in general, Atlantic Rim offers a lot of fun.
No nakedness. There’s some sexual tension and an awkward scene about sharing women, but no sexual content here. No blood. The movie packs in a lot of action, but the violence is broad and not graphic in the least. The action is sci/fi style madness, with giant robots battling massive monsters, crushing buildings in the process, so it is a fun approach. As you’d expect, the visual effects are rather…unconvincing, but this an Asylum movie and given the resources involved, it makes sense. And really, compared to the big budget CGI out there, the effects here aren’t that much worse, so all things considered, not as bad as you might think. As for the dialogue, it is an almost constant source of humor and entertainment. The actors really roll with the b movie feel, so even basic lines often deliver melodrama or over the top fun. I loved Margaret, the overreacting tech liaison, but Graham Greene steals the show here, delivering hilarious line after hilarious line. Cohn’s cameo as a fighter pilot is great as well, a brief, but memorable role. In the craziness realm, Atlantic Rim has the jank visual effects, over the top performances, and more small, but outrageously fun moments than I could count, so it earns some solid points.
Overall Insanity: 4/10